Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.
~ Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.
~ Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
But at my back I always hear Time’s winged chariot hurrying near.
We’re at over five months after Question 4 passed in Massachusetts and so far we are operating on a legal grey area. Massachusetts citizens can consume legally, yet there are no recreational dispensaries open at the moment. It’ll be quite a while before the first shop opens up, but that isn’t stopping audiences from getting the products they need.
Even with the dispensaries opening, there’s a bigger problem revolving around WHERE customers can consume their products. Smoking cannabis in public is still illegal and there are no licensed businesses that provide safe havens for places to smoke. Edibles are easier to consume discreetly, but there are customers that prefer smoking their herbs. And to add insult to injury, those potential customers are hesitant to purchase cannabis because they wouldn’t be able to find anyplace to consume. This situation can be summed up by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s phrase:
“Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.”
In this case, it would be ‘pot, pot, everywhere, nor a single location to smoke’. Cannabis can easily be found around Massachusetts (especially around Boston), BUT there are no legal public places for customers to smoke. No public place for consumption means customers will flock from Boston and head to a more 4/20-friendlier city (like Denver or Portland).
How do we go about solving this issue? What’s the temporary solution we have now that we could use for the next few years? Is there a hidden answer within Coleridge’s riddle that we’re not looking at?
Well folks, I managed to figure out a solution to this riddle that made a light-bulb go off inside my mind. The answer for public 4/20 places is…Airbnb.
Airbnb is the answer that’s been around before cannabis became legal in Colorado and Washington State. Founded on August 2008 in San Francisco, Airbnb is an online hospitality service that enables people to lease or rent short-term lodging. Such lodgings that can be found within Airbnb include apartment rentals, vacation rentals, hostel beds, home-stays, and even hotel rooms. It provides similar hospitality services within hotels, but Airbnb connects people on a personal level.
Rather than just provide a place to sleep in for the night, Airbnb hosts can answer any questions/concerns about the place guests are staying at. But the real kicker with Airbnb? Some choices feature rooms where the hosts are 4/20-FRIENDLY. That’s right people, there ARE 4/20-friendly options available on Airbnb! 4/20-friendly options can already be found within Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, and especially in California.
Not only is Airbnb bringing in more foot traffic because of the 4/20-friendly states, but the costs are less expensive than hotel rooms. Cheaper options to stay at means customers will have more spending money to use for exploring the cannabis culture. For example, John and Jane will have more money to spend on a half-ounce of Grandaddy Purple in Colorado because they saved money on an Airbnb option rather than hotel room that is $150/night. Dropping more coins on the cannabis products rather than the hospitality services means customers will travel BACK to that destination again (and will probably bring family/friends to the mix!).
Going back to Beantown, there are plenty of Airbnb rentals within the Boston area. Dispensaries are hitting the streets next year and customers will be flocking to Massachusetts (better yet, GRASSACHUSETTS!) for the greens. Airbnb will hold the key for solving the ‘pot, pot, everywhere, not a single location to smoke’ dilemma.
But wait, it gets even better! With companies like Airbnb thriving in the 4/20-friendly states, the competition in tourism will be MASSIVE among the hospitality services. Customers will steer away from traditional hotels and flock to the modern options that allow them to smoke cannabis publicly without the fear of being arrested. In turn, hotel companies will provide 4/20-friendly options to keep business afloat. Airbnb serves as the primary domino that will knock down the barriers cannabis prohibition created with public consumption.
To recap, let’s do the math real quick: A legal cannabis market in Boston (1) plus legal public consumption through Airbnb (1) minus the rule where public consumption outside is illegal (0) equals a WIN-WIN situation for the cannabis/tourism industry (1+1-0=2). Coleridge’s riddle of where to use can be solved through Airbnb. We are quite a way until we provide 4/20-friendly hotels in Boston, but 4/20-friendly Airbnb has already been happening before cannabis was made legal.
Massachusetts is still operating under a grey area when it comes to legal cannabis. To pull ourselves out of the quirky situation, we need to discuss the problem from every angle to figure out the right solution for the industry to thrive. People are enthusiastic about cannabis making airwaves in Boston, but we have to solve the problem from every angle in order to make this work. There’s always going to be new and unique problems arising in this industry and that’s why we have to keep searching for more interesting ideas to go about solving it. It’s companies like Airbnb that serve as the golden key towards unlocking the treasure chest full of gold. In this case, it’s green gold.
A big reason for why I loved playing The Witness so much was because of the various puzzles to be found. Puzzle boards were scattered around the island, waiting to be solved as soon as you enter the new area. Other than the over 500+ puzzle boards to solve, there were various environmental puzzles as well as triangle puzzles to find as well. The main idea of The Witness really revolves around the game objective of solving puzzles.
Other than the puzzle boards scattered across the deserted island, The Witness also had some audio logs to find. These audio logs were kept in hidden area, forcing you to look within your surroundings. Each audio log featured a voice-over stating a quote once you clicked on the audio tape. Most of these quotes revolved around ideas within science or philosophy, questioning the very fundamentals of our society. A few audio tapes featured a discussion from various speakers about an idea or quote that was previously featured from another audio log.
Audio logs were one of my favorite features of The Witness and I wanted to showcase some of my favorite quotes I heard within the game. From the entry level to the caverns, here are a few of my favorite audio logs I found within the deserted island. This will be one part of the posts featuring some interesting audio logs from The Witness.
Audio Log #1: The Clock
The concept of a clock enfolds all succession in time. In the concept the sixth hour is not earlier than the seventh or eighth, although the clock never strikes the hour, save when the concept biddeth. ~Nicholas of Cusa, 1450
Audio Log #2: Mystery
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery — even if mixed with fear — that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds — it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man. I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the kind that we experience in ourselves. Neither can I nor would I want to conceive of an individual that survives his physical death; let feeble souls, from fear or absurd egoism, cherish such thoughts. I am satisfied with the mystery of the eternity of life and with the awareness and a glimpse of the marvelous structure of the existing world, together with the devoted striving to comprehend a portion, be it ever so tiny, of the reason that manifests itself in nature. ~Albert Einstein, 1931
Audio Log #3: Sea
God bade me behold the sea, and I saw the ships sinking and the planks floating; then the planks too were submerged. And God said to me, “Those who voyage are not saved.” And He said to me, “Those who, instead of voyaging, cast themselves into the sea, take a risk.” And He said to me, “Those who voyage and take no risk shall perish.” And He said to me, “In taking the risk there is a part of salvation.” And the wave came and lifted those beneath it and overran the shore. And He said to me, “The surface of the sea is a gleam that cannot be reached. “And the bottom is a darkness impenetrable. And between the two are great fishes, which are to be feared.” ~Niffari, circa 970
Audio Log #4: Entering A Room
I am standing on the threshold about to enter a room. It is a complicated business. In the first place, I must shove against an atmosphere pressing with a force of fourteen pounds on every square inch of my body. I must make sure of landing on a plank travelling at twenty miles a second round the sun — a fraction of a second too early or too late, the plank would be miles away. I must do this whilst hanging from a round planet head outward into space, and with a wind of aether blowing at no one knows how many miles a second through every interstice of my body. The plank has no solidity of substance. To step on it is like stepping on a swarm of flies. Shall I not slip through? No, if I make the venture one of the flies hits me and gives a boost up again; I fall again and am knocked upwards by another fly; and so on. I may hope that the net result will be that I remain about steady, but if, unfortunately, I should slip through the floor or be boosted too violently up to the ceiling, the occurrence would be, not a violation of the laws of Nature, but a rare coincidence. These are some of the minor difficulties. I ought really to look at the problem four-dimensionally as concerning the intersection of my world-line with that of the plank. Then again, it is necessary to determine in which direction the entropy of the world is increasing in order to make sure that my passage over the threshold is an entrance, not an exit. Verily, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a scientific man to pass through a door. And whether the door be barn door or church door it might be wiser that he should consent to be an ordinary man and walk in rather than wait till all the difficulties involved in a really scientific ingress are resolved. ~Arthur Eddington, 1927
One interesting horror series I have been binge-watching on Netflix lately is Supernatural. Supernatural first aired on September 13th, 2005 on The WB network. The series revolves around brothers Dean and Sam Winchester who hunt for demons, ghosts, monsters, and other ghastly figures that try to destroy the earth. They cruise around the country in Dean’s ’67 Chevrolet Impala that was passed down from their father John Winchester. Almost every episode begins with the Winchester brothers heading to a new city/town to destroy another creature (for the record, the whole series is filmed in British Columbia!).
Supernatural plays off as a beefed-up, macho version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where its two brothers fighting monsters and saving the damsel in distress. I would say that it’s not as gruesome as American Horror Story, but the show has some gory death scenes every now and then. It has some horror scenes mixed in, but the thing that really draws me into the series? The subtle gay jokes in some of the episodes.
Every now and then, Supernatural slips in some homosexual occurrences that pulls the series into another direction. A running gag that keeps happening is Dean and Sam being mistaken for partners rather than brothers. While Sam and Dean are straight, the series spills some sexual innuendos that have audiences believing another tale. One of my favorite instances when Dean meets with Chief in season 4 (Dean’s reaction to meeting the Chief was just PRICELESS and I would pay good money to see what would’ve happened between the two!).
After digging up some research, I realized that I wasn’t the only fan who thought of this. Apparently, there’s this whole community that creates gay fanfiction stories that happen between Sam/Dean and Dean/Castiel. For those of you who don’t know, fanfictions are fictional stories that people write based on their favorite TV series. Since the start of the series, audiences have been writing fanfiction stories surrounding Sam and Dean’s relationship.
If that weren’t interesting enough, there’s critics believing that Dean may be bisexual. This idea started after Castiel was introduced in season 4 after Castiel pulled Dean out of hell. From what I have seen on season 4, Dean and Castiel have an…INTERESTING relationship. Dean is not a fan of Castiel right now, but their relationship will blossom as the series goes on. If that were truly the case, it would make the series a LOT more interesting.
For the record, I think we should cut the bullshit and provide the fans what they truly want – a homoerotic version of Supernatural. There’s been so many gay fanfiction stories surrounding the characters and it give the audiences exactly what they wanted in the first place. Let’s face it – audiences that watch the series are fantasizing about a relationship between Sam and Dean or Dean and Castiel. I think what America really needs now is a XXX-rated version of Supernatural (NO JOKE, there’s ACTUALLY a porno version of this series titled This Ain’t Supernatural XXX!). It wouldn’t have to cast the same characters from the series, but it would cast look-alikes from the series.
The XXX-rated series would be titled Supernatural: XXX Edition. It would star Dean, Sam, and Castiel as they fight off monsters and for their love for one another. There would be some cheesy fighting scenes and ridiculous one-liners (cause when has there EVER been porn that had good dialogue?). In the end, the boys celebrate together after a long week of hunting with a three-way in bed. This porno would be about three boys, lots of monsters coming their way, and one steamy relationship that tests their love for one another.
It’s your move, Hollywood – millions of fans have been writing gay fanfiction of Supernatural and now’s the time to deliver what everyone’s been waiting for. The subtle gay jokes have been enough to convince me that there’s a gay porno that should be in the works (There HAS to be a scene between Dean and this ‘Chief’ character in the porn!). There’s a lot of parody porn out on the market and a homoerotic version of Supernatural would be just the thing people need.
Fans all around the world have the right ideas and now the porno just needs to be in the works. There’s a lot of craziness in the world right now and we could really use something entertaining like Supernatural: XXX Edition.
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